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Hi there! I'd love to connect with some of the friends I made at CTY, if you guys are out there, or if you're a student and have some career questions.
I'm currently an assistant professor of internal medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, where I love to teach med students and take care of my patients. I majored in pre-med/biology with a minor in English at Columbia University, in NYC (Class of 1993), did some bench research for a while, then went to NYU School of Medicine (Class of 1998).
After a life on the east coast, we moved to Nebraska ten years ago and I took a swing at writing--so I have two careers now. My first two novels, CONTROL and CATALYST are biology-heavy young adult science fiction that came out with Penguin in 2013 and 2015.
I've been branching out since then. This year, I have three books coming out.
A BEAUTIFUL POISON (Lake Union, July 2017) is an historical forensics adult mystery that takes place in 1918.
QUACKERY: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything (Workman, September 2017) is a humorous non-fiction look at all the unpleasant ways we've tried to heal ourselves, from lobotomies to leeches.
THE NOVEMBER GIRL (Entangled/Macmillan, November 2017) is another young adult novel, but it's more magical realism/romance/contemporary, and takes place on Isle Royale on Lake Superior.
A few twists in my career path for sure. I'll always remember how much fun I had that summer at CTY. I'd love to connect with my alums! Find me at LydiaYKang@gmail.com
Julia Dolinger graduated from Dickinson College (also the site of so many of her CTY memories) in May 2016 with a degree in English. She now works in book publishing at a healthcare publisher in New Jersey. She credits CTY for helping her reach these accomplishments.
After CTY, I finished high school a semester early and took course work in biology at Bucknell University. In fall 2010, I transferred my credits to Mercyhurst University and majored in Applied Forensic Science with a Concentration in Forensic Anthropology. I met my wife at Mercyhurst and we got married later that year.
Since college, we've had two daughters (Kyra - age 4 & Whitney - age 23 months). I started teaching piano lessons from our home in November 2014. We noticed the closest music stores were either an hour north or an hour south of us, so we felt it would be a good opportunity to open a store. We opened Vivace Music Center in Selinsgrove, PA, in March 2015, and actually had to relocate at the end of 2015 into a larger location a block down the street. In our second year of business, revenue increased 120% and we employ 5 people. We offer band and orchestra instruments (for sale & rent-to-own), guitars, amps, music accessories (strings, reeds, picks, etc.), sheet music/lesson method books, music-themed gifts, music lessons, a concert venue, & instrument repairs.
None of my post-secondary education is relevant to my chosen career, but music has always been a passion of mine, so I'm happy. Now that the store is stable, I'm considering going back to school to get a music degree.